ARTICLE: House of Perks: MPs claim record £103mn in expenses

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MPs’ staff, travel and accommodation costs reached £103 million last year, up from £99 million the previous year and £95 million in 2009 – the peak of the parliamentary expenses scandal.

More than £80 million was spent on staff salaries and £11 million on office costs. The bill for accommodation, covering hotels, rented homes and utility bills, was £6.9 million, while £4.5 million were claimed for travel and subsistence.

The Democratic Unionist Party’s Jim Shannon had the biggest claim at £229,262, including £38,215 on travel and £12,126 on hotels.

The bill for MPs’ expenses reached record levels last year, as more politicians put their spouses and children on the public payroll.

A total of 170 MPs employed relatives, at a cost of more than £4 million. The previous year, 150 MPs had family members on the payroll.

Senior Conservatives who employ relations include Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Laurence Robertson, the MP for Tewkesbury, employs his ex-wife and his wife. Anne Adams is paid £40,000 to £45,000 as a senior parliamentary assistant, while his ex-wife Susan Robertson gets paid £25,000 to £30,000 as a senior secretary.

Andy Silvester, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be deeply concerned that the cost of Westminster is going up again.

“David Cameron pledged to reduce the cost of politics after the excesses of the expenses scandal. Politicians must be held accountable for their promises. Combined with the ever-increasing number of peers, that promise looks increasingly difficult to keep.”

He added that there was “nothing wrong with employing family members if they’re qualified for the job, but there needs to be total transparency whenever that’s the case.”

The details were released in an annual report by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) on Thursday, which was set up to handle MPs’ pay after the 2009 expenses scandal.

In 2009, the Telegraph revealed that MPs misused their allowances for private purposes for years, causing public outrage. The political scandal resulted in arrests, resignations and dismissals, as well as public apologies and the repayment of expenses. Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who claimed back expenses for her husband’s adult movies, was one of the high-profile politicians that were exposed.

IPSA chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said reforms to the system had saved £58 million over four years. He said: “Such is the progress made since the scandals which came to light in 2009, our work is attracting the attention of parliaments around the world.”

This week, Marcial Boo, IPSA’s chief executive, proposed that MPs should get a 9 percent pay rise next year, arguing that MPs did an important job and should not be paid a “miserly amount.” David Cameron, whose basic salary as prime minister is £142,500, has opposed the salary increase for MPs.

The basic annual salary for MPs currently stands at £67,060, two and a half times the UK average salary of £26,500.

Source: http://rt.com/uk/187252-mps-claim-record-expenses/

STATE CRIME: Videos and Analysis of Vote-rigging in the Scottish Referendum

Stalin Voting

RON PAUL SUSPECTS FOUL IN SCOTLAND REFERENDUM!

Scottish referendum: Police investigate electoral fraud probe in Glasgow

PETITION: We the undersigned demand a revote of the Scottish Referendum, counted by impartial international parties.

VOTE FRAUD IN SCOTTISH REFERENDUM?

 

ARTICLE: Tories’ 27 Battleground Seats Funded through ‘Donation Loophole’

https://politicalscrapbook.net/2014/08/tories-27-battleground-seats-funded-through-donations-loophole/

The secrecy of the Tories’ fundraising operation has been underscored by new research revealing the party’s reliance on a loophole to keep the names of its donors under wraps.  With the party’s 40/40 strategy focusing resources on 80 seats to win or hold, 27 of these get a majority of their campaign cash from ‘unincorporated associations’.

The names of individuals giving a constituency party more than £1,500/year would ordinarily be declared to the Electoral Commission. But rich donors can maintain their anonymity by hiding behind an unincorporated association — allowing them to give up to £7,500 per seat, per year.

The list of 27 seats receiving a majority of donations in this way — published below exclusively by Scrapbook — includes 16 for which 100% of declarable donations have come from organisations such as the United & Cecil Club.

Tory battleground seats with majority of cash from Unincorporated Associations

A donor working with fundraisers in this way could give a whopping £3 million to target seats over the five years of this parliament — without anyone outside the party knowing who they are.

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ARTICLE: WARNING! John Cruddas MP -WANTS TO FORCE PARENTS TO DRUG THEIR KIDS OR LOSE THEIR BENEFITS

 

Cruddas’s previous rap sheet:

(2012) New Labour M.P. John Cruddas -BANNED FROM DRIVING AND FINED £300 FOR HAVING NO M.O.T. OR INSURANCE

Expenses Scandal Mark 2? New Labour Parasites Margaret Hodge and John Cruddas Suck Even More from the Taxpayer

Take a look at what they want to drug your kids with and its effects:

Vaccine Truth: Your Child, Your Choice

Hundreds of Articles Exposing the Lies of Vaccines by Dr Christina England

Dr. Andrew Wakefield reveals real story behind vaccines, autism and more

Fatal Auto-Immune Disorder Caused By Hepatitis B Vaccine

UK Drug Safety Agency Falsified Vaccine Safety Data For 6 Million – Millions of Children At Serious Risk

Premature ovarian failure 3 years after menarche in a 16-year-old girl following human papillomavirus vaccination

 

  • Family would have to prove vaccination before handouts, says Cruddas
  • Part of drive to link public goods to changing the behaviour of citizens
  • But Labour quickly distanced itself from the idea of linking jabs to benefits
Parents should lose their child benefit if they refuse to immunise their children with the MMR jab, a senior Labour MP has suggested.

Families will have to prove their child’s vaccination records are up to date to qualify for handouts, said Jon Cruddas, who is leading the party’s policy review.

The MP for Dagenham & Rainham suggested the measure, which is already in place in Australia, could be a way to link behaviour with state benefits and services.

However, Labour rushed to dissociate itself from the idea last night, saying ‘it is not part of the policy review’.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said: ‘There is no question of a Labour government ever taking child benefit away or punishing parents for choices they make on vaccinations.

‘I don’t know where that came from. It is not our policy. It is on the front of the newspapers but it is not true.

‘We would never say child benefit is conditional on taking a jab,’ he told ITV’s Daybreak.

The idea emerged after the uptake of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has dropped to dangerously low levels in some areas.

The risks were underlined earlier this year when more than 1,000 people caught measles in Swansea. One victim, a man aged 25, died.

A senior party source said: ‘This is an example of the sort of measure which we want to see that ties public goods to how people behave as citizens.’

When he was still in power this summer, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that people who did not immunise their children would be denied some benefits to boost vaccination rates for diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

Exemptions would only be made on religious or medical grounds, he said.

(2013) David Cameron, Nick Clegg, William Hague -ORDER DESTRUCTION OF HARD DRIVE TO HIDE DIRT SECRETS FROM PUBLIC

 

  • PM asked Sir Jeremy Heywood to warn paper against publishing material
  • GCHQ later went to Guardian’s office and helped staff smash hard drives
  • White House say it is ‘difficult to imagine’ U.S. government taking that action
  • It also emerged Mr Cameron knew in advance David Miranda would be held
  • Home Secretary Theresa May said police acting in national security interests
  • Rifkind says Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on ‘weak ground’
  • ‘He did not dispute that he had no legal right to possess the files,’ he said
  • David Miranda, who was carrying secret CIA files, was held for nine hours 
  • Brazilian has said he is launching legal action against the Home Office
  • Lord Falconer, who helped bring in Terrorism Act 2000, slams decision
  • ‘I’m very clear that this does not apply to Mr Miranda,’ Labour peer said

ARTICLE: Newport market traders ban Labour councillors in parking protest

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market traders parking protest

A group of traders in Newport have banned Labour council members from their businesses in protest over free parking being stopped.

Steve Reynolds, owner of Toy Army in Newport Market, launched the campaign after councillors voted against a motion which would have saved the city’s two-hour free parking.

Other businesses in the market have followed.

Newport Labour councillor Debbie Harvey said the move was “outrageous”.

Mr Reynolds said: “I had just had enough. It’s been one thing after another.
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Considering they’re crying out for trade, banning 30-odd councillors is ridiculous”

Councillor Debbie Harvey

“We’ve been asking the council for help and relief.”

The motion was brought by opposition leader Matthew Evans urging the council to reverse its decision to axe the scheme, which allows shoppers to park for free for the first two hours in all its city centre car parks.

The motion was defeated with 10 councillors voting for it, 32 against and one abstaining.

Other businesses who have joined the campaign include Sys Barbers, Turner’s Butchers, Mr Fruit, City Fashions, Kriminal records, Negative Zone comic store and Chillis sweet shop.

Mr Reynolds said: “We’re really struggling as it is here. Myself and other traders are round about 60 to 70% down on last Christmas already.

“There’s no draw to this town as it is and this is going to do more damage. People just aren’t going to pay.”‘Absolutely outrageous’

But Labour councillor Debbie Harvey, of Alway ward, said the current administration had been left with millions of pounds of debt by the previous Conservative-Liberal Democrat administration so cutbacks had to be made.

“I think it’s absolutely outrageous. Considering they’re crying out for trade, banning 30-odd councillors is ridiculous. This definitely isn’t the way to tackle it,” she said.

“If you ask people on the street if they would rather pay 33p an hour to park or for people to lose their jobs, I’m sure 99.9% would say they would rather pay.
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I proposed an alternative plan which is a voucher scheme, but it fell on deaf ears”

Councillor Chris Evans

“What they haven’t factored in is the five hours free parking between now and February.

“I feel for them but I feel for every business not just the market traders. There’s the whole of town as well but unfortunately with the debt we have got, it’s got to be tackled.

“In the current climate everyone has to tighten their belts.”

Councillor for Rogerstone Chris Evans said that he was the only Labour councillor not banned because he had abstained on the parking issue.

“The entire Labour group with the exception of myself voted to withdraw free parking. I proposed an alternative plan which is a voucher scheme, but it fell on deaf ears,” he said.

Mr Evans said the market is a council building and he had heard that some Labour councillors were disgruntled by the traders’ decision.

“But this is the consequence. The traders are at the end of their tether. They feel this potentially could be the last straw. This is make or break time for many businesses,” he said.

Ringland councillor Emma Corten told her followers on Twitter: “So I’ve just been told that as a Labour Councillor I’ve been banned from shopping in Newport Market. That’ll help, I’m sure.”

Read on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-20810302

ARTICLE: Was Guy Fawkes the Last Honest Man to Pass through Westminster?

Hat tip: http://www.westernspring.co.uk/was-guy-fawkes-the-last-good-man-to-pass-through-westminster/

Imagine a government that would deliberately take millions away from the budget meant to educate its own nation’s children, while at the time use billions to send foreign aid to other nations who don’t need it?

That would be nothing less than treason. You cannot imagine any sane government doing such a thing. Think of, for example, China, or Japan, deliberately depriving its own people of an education while giving money to Korea? It just wouldn’t happen, because the Chinese and the Japanese would—rightly—regard that as nothing less than treason.

Of course, you guessed it: Britain’s House of Treason down by the banks of the old river, has done precisely that—and no-one seems to know or care.

The Tory-Lib-Dem-Labour party—because they are just all the same party—is busy with much-vaunted “budget cuts” to “save the economy” (after they and their big business bank cronies screwed it over in the first place) and one of the first cuts to be announced was in the education arena.

Any parent with university-age going children is well aware that uni fees have now rocketed from a manageable amount just two or three years ago, to an impossible £9,000 per year—and that is just for the tutoring fees, never mind books, resources, living allowances, residence and so on.

Even those students “lucky” enough to get loans, start off their working lives with tens of thousands of pounds of debt—an impossible burden which—even more importantly—makes starting a family next to impossible.

The nuts and bolts of the process are as follows: England’s university budgets were cut by £449 million in 2010, with similar cuts being added each following year. This means that over £1.3 billion has been cut in the last three years, and there is no end yet in sight. By the end of 2014, the total uni education budget cut will be cut by nearly £4 billion.

In practical terms, this means that the universities have had at least 6,000 fewer places each academic year.

In addition, research funding has been frozen and the uni buildings budget cut by 15 percent.

At the same time, the Government has announced that taxpayers will hand over £50.8 billion in foreign aid to the Third World by 2014. This translates to 61 percent of the total “spending review” cuts announced by the Government.

According to a press release issued by the Department for International Development (DFID), the total foreign aid budget will reach the targeted 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2013.

This would mean a yearly spend of £12.6 billion, the DFID said.

This increased spending, the DFID said, is “in line with the UK’s international commitments to help those living in extreme poverty in our world. Over the course of the Spending Review period, the Department for International Development will increase resource spending by 35 percent in real terms, and increase capital spending by 20 percent in real terms.”

This means that the foreign aid budget was £8.4 billion in 2010, £8.7 billion in 2011, £9.1 billion in 2012, and will be £12.0 billion in 2013, and £12.6 billion in 2014—totalling £50.8 billion by the end of 2014.

So there you have it: cut the education budget by £4 billion, but boost the foreign aid budget by £50 billion.

Who would dare call it treason?  I for one, and I am increasingly becoming convinced that the last honest man to pass through the halls of Westminster was indeed Guy Fawkes.